Aubeenaubee Yacht Club / Maxinkuckee Yacht Club
Aubeenaubee Yacht Club
Maxinkuckee Yacht Club
1890 Aug 19 Logansport Pharos is founded
Maxinkuckee Yacht Club
A yacht club was organized at Lake Maxinkuckee last Sunday, with the following officers:
Commodore — Otto Stechan, Indianapolis.
Vice Commodore — H. B. Scott, Detroit.
Secretary — H. J. McSheehy, Logansport.
Treasurer — Willis Vajean, Indianapolis.
Measurer — A. J. Knapp. South Bend.
Regetta Committee — Harry Adams, Indianapolis; A. P. Jenks, Logansport;
H. C. Newcomb, Indianapolis.
1894 - May 14 Logansport Pharos is founded
Organize a Boat Club
Lake Maxinkuckee is one of the purest bodies of water in America and the area
is sufficiently large to lay out a five mile course for sail boats. The waters never
get too rough and thc facilites for reaching there from all points are good.
Hotels are ample for ordinary crowds and if the crack boat clubs of Detroit, Saginaw,
Toledo, Chicago and other cities could be induced to arrange s regatta low rate could
be made to go and return from Logansport, Kewanna, Plymouth, and with the beautiful
camping places at the lake all coald be made comfortable.
The attention of the leading clubs should be called to these facts, and by the way,
what is the matter that Logansport cannot have a boat club, we have plentv of athletic
young men and the social features are in no way small, and it would bring us no little
prominence both in a business and in a social way.
1896 - Social sailing began on the lake.
The first prizes (three pennants) were offered for a race five years later in 1901
by the Maxinkuckee Association. Thus awakening the yachting enthusiasm of all
who had sailboats.
1901 - August the Aubeenaubee Yatch Club was organized at Edwards Boat House
they adopted a constitution and elected officers:
Commodore: Henry C. Adams of Indianapolis
First Commodore: Harvey J. Elam of Indianapolis
Second Vice Commodore: Milton A. Edwards of Peru
Secretary & treasurer: Thomas H. Wilson of Logansort
Directors: S. E. Howe Jr.
Vonnegut of Indianapolis
M. Ogle, Jr. of Indianapolis
The first race ran after the yacht club was formed was in August 1901. A fee of fifty
cents was assessed to each boat that enterd the race; the proceeds being used to
buy pennants for the winners. Winners were:
Sloops: "The White Lady", Elbert Shirk, Capt.
catboats: "Natty", Harry Wheeler, Capt.
In Summer of 1902 three races were sailed. Besides the winning pennants for each
race ; this year a Silver Cup was add for the boat which made the most points
during the season for each boat class. Winners were:
Sloops: "the Old Scout", S. E. Howe Jr., Capt. - all three races
catboats: "Le Vite", Milton A. Edwards, Capt. - first & second race
"uncas:, T. H. Wilson, Jr. Capt. - third race
Silver Cup Winners:
Sloops: "the Old Scout", S. E. Howe Jr., Capt.
catboats: "Le Vite", Milton A. Edwards, Capt.
Officers for the 1902-3 season were:
Commodore: Henry C. Adams
First Commodore: M. A. Edwards
Second Vice Commodore: A. M. Ogle, Jr.
Secretary & treasurer: T. H. Wilson
Directors: Anton Vonnegut
S. E. Howe, Jr.
In 1902-3 the yachts were divided into four classes: Flat bottom sloops, flat bottom
catboats, round bottom sloops, round bottom catboats. Five races were sailed that
year also; the first two for pennant and the rest for cups given in each of the
classes and a challenge cup which would be held for one season only. The class cups
being held permenantly. Winners were:
Class A: "the Old Scout" & "Diana", tied
Class B: "Katherine"
Class C: "Flip", Kenneth Ogle, Capt.
Class D: "Nautilus"
Class A: "Old Scout" & "Diana"
Class B: "Eleanor", Hervey Perrin, Capt., "Nautilus", Anton Vonnegut, Capt.
Alan Williams, Capt>
Class C: "Indian", Jno. Routh, Capt.; "Flip";"Shark"
Class D: "Tadpole", Henry Bliss, Capt.; "Natyty"; "Uncas"
Challenge Cups: "the Old Scout" & "Flip"
23 July 1903 - Culver Citizen - The Katherine... The 1st race of the Aub-bee-naub-bee Yatch club was sailed Saturday afternoon...
The course was from Edward's Boat House
(1680 E. Shore Drive)
to a bouy off Norris' farm, thence to the mark near the Maxinkuckee Assembly Grounds, then on to a bouy off Culver's pier and
back to Edward's boat house....
Officers for the 1903-4 season were:
Commodore: Anton Vonnegut
First Commodore: S. E. Howe, Jr.
Second Vice Commodore: Glen Wheeler
Secretary & treasurer: Henry Bliss
Directors: Joseph Wilson
John B. Perrin
There were to be seven races in the 1904 season; three for pennants and four for
cups and all counting toward the challenge cup.
1904 - Aug 25 YACHT CLUB ELECTS OFFICERS
The Final Yacht Race Results in Victory for "Indian"
On last Sunday the general meeting of the yacht club was held and
the following officers elected for 1905. Commodore, S. E. Howe
Jr.; 1st Vice Com. John B, Penin; 2nd Vice Com. Henry W, Bliss;
Sec; and Treas. Joseph Wilson; Directors, Kenneth Ogle, John
Routh, Walter Vonnegut
The last race was held Aug. 22 and as the results of this race could
not effect the cups only four boats entered. The Indian won by a
large margin over the Uncas. which was second, the Charlotte finished
third. The times were:
|-No. Start.||1st Rnd.||2d Rnd.||3d Rnd.||Time.|
|14.... 10:8:25||10:55:30|| |
Indian wins Cup by 7 points, Indian wins Glass Cup by 10 points,
Uncas wins Class Cup by 11 points - - Aug 25, 1925
1905 Sep 21 - Maxinkuckee Boat winner
First of Series of Annual inter-Lakc Yacht Races.
Yachts of 1906
Yacht race of 1906
Competitive sailing continued and flourished together with The Aubbeenaubee Yacht Club for ten more years until t
he beginning of World War I. Following the war, and for several years thereafter there was only occasional sailing,
and enthusiasm for The Aubbeenaubee Yacht Club diminished.
Near the end of the 1920’s a new generation was growing
restless and it became apparent they wanted a revitalized yacht club.
1931 - early summer a group of young sailors met on Charles
porch and the yacht club was re-organized as: Maxinkuckee Yatch Club.
Walker W. Winslow was elected Commodore and the club joined the Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA).
Only three boats raced that summer: Tommy Hendricks (Class B), Walker Winslow (Class E), and William C. Griffith,
Sr. (Class C). Thirty-two club members were present at the First Annual Banquet held at the Maxinkuckee Inn. The
following summer, 1932, the club boasted thirty-one boats in two classes only, E’s and C’s. David Cooper won for
the season in a C-Scow that cost $175.00.
1932 Walker W. Winslow, Commodore
1932 - Loganpsort Pharos--Tribune - July 19, 1932 Stage first Race
Culver, Indiana, July 19 - Walker Winslow, Indianapolis, won the sloop race here yesterday in the first series of events between
the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club and Culver naval school Midshipman Franklin Camp of Clearwater, Fla., won the sailboat race.
Winslow is president of the club. Harvey Bradley, also of Indianapolis, is secretary. the second series of the races will be started
By the end of the 1930's WWII was not far away. The Academy lost their sailing fleet to a fire and with the early 40's WWII
reigned along with the Gas rationing. Our sailors went off to war, Transportation to and from the lake became difficult.
Sailboat racing simply stopped
1933 William R. Adams, Commodore
1934 William C. Griffith, Commodore
1935 William E. Munk, Commodore
1936 Charles H. Bradley, Commodore
1937 Fred T. Holliday, Commodore
1938 Stephen Y. Hord, Commodore
1939 Fred Holmes, Commodore
1940 Peirce C. Ward, Commodore
1941 Norman C. Michels, Commodore
1942-46 Walker W. Winslow, Commodore
1947 Peirce C. Ward, Commodore
1948-1949 Henry E. Todd, Commodore
Competetive sailing started again after the war. 1948 - John Brandon organized the club's first junior fleet and Charles Barnaby II became the first junior
fleet winner. The junior fleet only a year.
1950 1951 L. Roy Ford, Commodore
Robert E. Hollowell, Jr, Commodore
1952 Peirce C. Ward, Jr, Commodore
1953 1954 Robert E. Hollowell, Commodore
1953 - The Junior fleet was premenantly organized by Oscar Perine. During these formative years the Junior Fleet was managed
and led most notably by Robert E. Hollowell, Jr., from 1955-1960, and by Rupert Esser, from 1965-1973. Later Steve Speer was
involved with the Junior Fleet for six years-assistant to Bruce Holaday from 1975-1977 and director from 1978 to 1980. Brother
Scott Speer, together with Joe Schaub IV, carried on the tradition. (1980-1988) Merritt and John Becker followed in their
footsteps from 1989-1994. Dan and Andy Schuller carried the torch for 2 more years. (1995-1996).
In the late 1940’s and through much of the 1950’s, Oscar Perine’s large, beautiful Chris-Craft Cabin Cruiser was an institution on
the lake and most visible every Sunday afternoon as the Race Committee Boat. It was not until 1957 that the Club purchased racing
markers that were located on the lake and numbered on a map bound into the yearbook. During much of this period - from 1956 to
1962 - Don Speer served as Chief Judge and, as such, not only devoted every Sunday to managing sailboat races, but he introduced and
developed many of the racing procedures followed today. E. Allen Becker has manned the Judges Boat quite skillfully for many years
now.(1963-1997) He can usually be seen every Saturday and Sunday with Rodney Todd, Kitty Schaub, Judy Becker, Mike Rocap, Jan and
Rick Strait, and countless others. Allen and his wife, Judy, have also been judging many Regattas in Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan,
& New York.
Above is a year book from the 1953 Maxinkuckee Yacht Club. Printed by an Association of Summer Cottagers, being
38 pages. 4" x 6".
1953 Sep. 15 - A. Alex Sojmerville Jr . will succeed Robert E . Hollowell Jr. as commodore for the coming season
of the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club.
1955 Alex Sommerville, Commodore
1956 Paul R. Cullom, Commodore
1957 Emory R. Baxter, Commodore
1958-1959 Jerome J. Zechiel, Commodore
7 Sept 1958 issue of Culver Citizen states that the Maxinkuckee Yatch Club re-elected Jerome Zechiel as commodore for 1959 and '
Richard Gunder as secretary and assistant treasurer at the club's annual dinner meeting at the Culver In on Aug. 31.
By 1959 the club’s E Fleet numbered only five boats - all owned by the Academy - and after the summer of 1960, they did not race
1960 Melvin A. Hansen, Commodore
1961-1962 Don S. Speer, Commodore
In 1961 the Annual Picnic left the Bradley lawn, where it had been held for as long as anyone could remember, and relocated on the
Maxinkuckee Country Club golf course. The C Fleet had grown to 25 boats by 1963 and to 29 two years later when, in 1965 a boat
registration fee was instituted. In 1967 The Maxinkuckee Yacht Club elected Joyce Hollowell Speer as the first woman commodore. That
same year Margaret Washburn
became the club’s Assistant
Secretary-Treasurer, a spot she held for over 20 years, giving invaluable continuity to the club as well as aid, advice, and guidance to
commodores and members alike. Her address, 446 School Street, became familiar not only to MYC members, but to sailors all over the
Midwest. Following in Margaret’s steps, was MYC member Jim Moss. Jim has sat in this demanding chair for over 10 years.
1963 Norman E. Bateson , Commodore
1964 Richard L. Gunder, Commodore
1965 Edwin H. Becker, Commodore
1966 Frank E. Suverkrup , Commodore
1967 Joyce H. Speer, Commodore
1968 Rupert P. Esser, Commodore
1969 Charles F. Roth Jr., Commodore
Peter D. Trone
was commodore in 1970
Beginning in 1970 more and more local sailors began competing in regattas off the lake. This not only improved the level of sailing
competition on Lake Maxinkuckee, but also introduced many changes in race management. Allen Becker, ably assisted by Charlie Roth,
ushered in most of these changes. Not until the summer of 1983 were the permanent racing markers abandoned for newly purchased bright,
shocking pink balloons which allowed for more accurate course settings and permitted course changes during a race. This same year
the club purchased a Boston Whaler to be used as a chase and rescue boat. A violent storm during a race early that summer capsized
nearly the entire C Fleet. The Boston Whaler was put to good use, perhaps saving the lives of Jim Costin and Don Muehlhausen who had
been swept away from their boats.
1970 Peter D. Trone , Commodore
1971 James A. Baker, Commodore
1972 John F. Edgell, Commodore
1973 Joe Schaub III, Commodore
By the time the 1973 sailing season ended, Cutter Washburn had become the first skipper to sweep the season by winning both the
Saturday and Sunday Series. Bruce Holaday would do it next in 1977, and Steve Speer in 1978. In 1981, two years after the Saturday
races had been split into two separate series to encourage more competition, Joe Schaub IV would win them both - as well as the
Sunday series - and do it all again in 1982.
For well over 50 years, C and E Scows had dominated sailboat racing on Lake Maxinkuckee. But early in June in the summer of 1977, a
group of young sailors met on Fred Wurster’s porch in culmination of almost two years of planning and there formed Hobie Fleet 216,
introducing a new racing class to the lake. Fred Wurster was elected the first Fleet Captain and under his leadership and that of
other enthusiastic Hobie sailors like Donal Ben Miller, Denny Barrett, Duke Niswander, Rick Strait, and Jack Keldenich, the fleet
flourished. The Hobie Fleet was active in the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club for 19 years but in 1996 this fleet was put into mothballs.
However, a new fleet was born. MYC welcomed the MC Scows as a fleet in 1996 with much help, again, from Fred Wurster. MYC currently
has 10 MC’s registered and it looks as though there will be more. Steve Schaub was the first MC Skipper to sweep the Saturday and
The Annual Memorial Day Invitational Regatta, instituted in 1973, was changed to a post-Labor Day event in 1978, becoming the Annual
Fall Invitational Regatta. Through the years this invitational brought out the very best of the membership; cooks, judges, registrars, trash
collectors, radio technicians, scorekeepers, beer bearers, bartenders, T-shirt vendors, ticket takers, fork-lift drivers, and traffic directors.
Accordingly, the Yacht Club accepted an invitation from the newly formed National C Scow Sailing Association (NCSSA) to host its championship
Regatta in September of 1982. This was a five-day marathon event testing every conceivable organizational skill of the club - and found
none wanting. More shells were used in those five days for countless recalls than were used by the fleet for the entire summer, but the
MYC Judges and Race Committee members never missed a flag or gun, a truly incredible performance! Joe Schaub IV finished seventh in
this national event. Two years later the club hosted the 1983 ILYA Eastern Regional, in which Joe Schaub IV and Steve Speer finished
third and seventh respectively
The Maxinkuckee Yacht Club hosted the Championship Regatta of NCSSA more times than any other yacht club - 1982, 1988, 1992, and 1996.
In 1996, it was co-chaired by Dixie Becker and Mary Anna Swennumson. The scores of dedicated MYC volunteers was by all accounts "the
biggest and best ever". The natural beauty of Lake Maxinkuckee and the willingness of MYC members to open their cottages to sailors
from all over the country was truly a monumental effort. MYC will be host, again, to this glorious event in the year 2000. In
addition to this Regatta, Maxinkuckee Yacht Club has hosted the ILYA Regatta in 1983 and 1989 and has hosted our own Fall Regatta
(the weekend after Labor Day) since 1973.
By the mid-1980’s, the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club counted nationally ranked sailors among its membership, computerized scoring supplied
by past Commodore, Jim Russell, 450 individual members, and combined fleets numbering 62 registered sailing crafts. The enthusiasm
for organized, competitive sailing is still abound.
1974 Eugene Benedict, Commodore
1975 E. Allen Becke, Commodore
1976 William Washburn, Commodore
1977 Carl B. Philips, Commodore
1978 William H. Furry, Commodore
1979 Nelson J. Becker, Commodore
1980 Fred Wurster, Commodore
1981 Jim Russell, Commodore
1982 Kathryn Schaub, Commodore
1983 Donal Ben Miller, Commodore
1984 Thomas H. Sams, Commodore
1985 Dennis Barrett, Commodore
1986 Chet Evers, Commodore
1987 Richard Strai, Commodore
1988 Thomas B. Kniesly, Commodore
1989 Dennis Gilley, Commodore
1990 Gary Gotsch , Commodore
1991 Jack Montgomery, Commodore
1992 Joe Schaub IV, Commodore
1993 Michael Rocap, Commodore
1994 Dave Campbell, Commodore
1995 Suzie Jamieson, Commodore
1996 Bruce Holaday, Commodore
1997 Dick Swennumson, Commodore
The year of 1997 brought about a few financial changes. The first being an increase in dues. Adult memberships were raised from
$35.00 to $45.00. Family memberships went from $85.00 to $115.00. And Senior Fleet boat registration was raised to $50.00 from $35.00.
Also, Dick Swennumson – Commodore ’97 – spearheaded the campaign to obtain the status of "tax-exempt".
During 1997, another change was made. The Commodore’s Party that was held at the beginning of the new season was moved to the end of
the season. The club held their annual meeting along with Sailor Award Ceremonies during the August MYC Party. It was a beautiful
evening of music and laughter. Many social members were able to see the number of trophies, cups, and placques that are presented to
all ages. The Junior Fleet members truly enjoyed being recognized in front of all of MYC. All 350+ members! Another successful year
at Maxinkuckee has come and gone.
1998 James Bartlett, Commodore
The summer of 1998 did not see any new changes. The sailing season moved along smoothly and fun was had by all. The MC Fleet
experienced another year of success on the water. They remain 10 members strong. Jim Russell and his family had an incredibly
successful year of sailing in the C and MC fleet. Roger Hartzell, Susie Hartzell, and Chris Chandler are all Russell family members.
The Annual Meeting and Trophy Ceremony were held again this year during the August Cocktail Party. It was held at the
home of our Commodore, Jim Bartlett. Jim has willingly turned the gavel over to our 1999 Commodore, Bob Kreuzberger of Kokomo,
1999 Bob Kreuzberger, Commodore
MYC lost a loyal volunteer with the death of James Rodney Todd
in the Spring of 1999.
In his honor a new award for volunteerism was
established – the James Rodney Todd Memorial Trophy. The first winner of the award was Gene Benedict who has given many hours
teaching the junior sailors. In the Fall, Commodore Albert Wurster gathered a steering committee who began planning for MYC to host
the National C-Scow Regatta. This event was hosted by MYC in 1996 and was a huge success and a ton of fun. Father’s Day weekend
should see four days of exciting sailing on Lake Maxinkuckee.
2000 Albert Wurster, Commodore
In February of 2000, Culver and the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club lost a long standing member when Margaret Washburn passed away. Those of
you who have had your lives touched by Margaret know what a loss this is for many, many people. Margaret served as this clubs
secretary and treasurer for 17 wonderful years. According to some members, she was the yacht club. With her passing, too has another
decade of sailing on Lake Maxinkuckee ended.
The new millennium was kicked off with a big splash by hosting the 2000 National “C” Scow Regatta (June 15-18). Lake Maxinkuckee and
MYC played host to 67 boats from around the country. The regatta was a huge success and a good time was had by all. Commodore Albert
Wurster did a wonderful job of organizing this event. Junior Fleet had another tremendous year. A number of eager, competitive and
willing to learn junior sailors gathered every Saturday morning at the Campbell property. Lynn Del Duco and John Ducker along with
many other volunteers and parents did an outstanding job. Overall, Y2K was smooth sailing for MYC.
2001 John F. Becker, Commodore
The year 2001 will go down in MYC’s history as the “summer with no wind!” There was not a single race sailed on any of the five
Sundays in July; conditions just were not right. Many trophies were not awarded. Despite the disappointing wind situation, the
junior fleet grew to large numbers as 31 youngsters learned to sail so that the tradition of MYC can continue. A very touching
scene occurred at the annual Senior Awards Party when Commodore John Becker presented the Rodney Todd Memorial Trophy
to his father, Past Commodore, E. Allen Becker. That same evening John passed the Commodore’s title on to Steve Schaub
and so we move on and hope for good winds and fair weather.
2001 - "C" and "MC" Scow Fall Regatta September 8-9
2002 Steve Schaub, Commodore
2002 marked the inaugural year for the Ladies’ Sailing School, which was
’s brainstorm. Along with his fellow
instructors, Gene met every Sunday morning with ladies who were interested in learning to sail and some of whom may want to
eventually form their own fleet. The group grew from an initial 5 participants to an average of 12 ladies by summer’s end. The
classes were very relaxed and informal: the focus was on enjoyment, meeting new people with similar interests, and learning to
handle sailboats. Then, like Junior Fleet, the group eventually had its own class races. The program is definitely off the ground!
Sailboats (Sunfishes) are provided, so anyone who would like to give sailing a try is encouraged to attend, whether or not they are
experienced and whether or not they can attend on a regular basis.
2002 - 2nd annual Culver MC scow regatta Results
of the Fall Regatta.
2003 Dave Zeglis, Commodore
2003 - Fall Regatta
2003 Maxinkukee Fall Regatta Report
Submitted by Chris Craig LF-1
Unfortunately a stubborn high pressure system settled into the Culver area and refused to let go of it's grip. The judging team
lead by Allen Becker, Kitty Schaub, Sandy Sundberg, Chookie Kilander, and a whole lot of helpers tried real hard to get one Saturday.
We did try one W 3 1/2, but could only get about a 1 1/2 in. It was really bad because we had sailors from as far away as Augusta,
Georgia and Lake Kueka, New York in attendance. Many scouting the lake out for next years MC Nationals...
The chili-cheeseburger party was great. Stew Roberts chaired the regatta and put on a great show. Maxinkuckee had a great slide show
of the limited action, that it showed on a outdoor screen that was an old sail. Thanks to everyone at Max, you really put on a great
show and they even house the sailors. Quite an effort! This is a very special place to sail.
Sunday the high pressure remained and no sailing occurred. Boats slowly packed up and bid a sad farewell to a great place to sail.
At least we all tied for first. ...
The summer of 2003 didn’t provide many windy weekends. About 50 MC and C-Scow sailors from all parts of the country came to Culver
for the annual Fall Regatta and not a single race took place. The first Sunfish Regatta , chaired by John Zeglis and open to
everyone on the lake, was held the last Saturday of July and was enjoyed by about 30 entrants. The races were followed by a picnic
on the Zeglis lawn. It is hoped this will become an annual event. The ladies fleet and the junior fleet continued their weekend
classes and the MC fleet grew to 12 boats with Bruce Holaday picking up many of the class trophies. Lake Maxinkuckee was chosen as
the site fo the 2004 MC Nationals in August of that year and co-chairwomen Dixie Becker and Mary Anna Swennumson went into action
rounding up volunteers and making plans. Let’s hope for good winds and fair skies.
2004 Greg Furry , Commodore
2004 - MC Scow National Championships
was hosted by the Yacht club August 20-22.
2004 - Fall Regatta September 11-12
2005 Stew Roberts III, Commodore
2005 - Results of the Fall Regatta. September 10-11 , 2005
2006 Dave Franckowiak, Commodore
2006 - Results
of the Fall Regatta, PDF file only -
Adobe reader required.
2007 - Commodore Merritt Becker (James Moss,, Commodore)
Maxinkuckee Yacht Club Fall Regatta September 8-9, 2007 C Class Series Summary
2008 Tom Story, Commodore
Maxinkuckee Yacht Club Fall Regatta September 6-7, 2008 C Scow Class Series Summary
2009 Fred Hillis, Commodore
2010 John Ducker , Commodore
MYC Fall Regatta 2010 C Scow Class Series Summary:
2011 Steve Meeker , Commodore
2011 C Scow National Championship Regatta
Final Cumulative Results
2012 Matt Grant , Commodore